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Re: Zinc for Depression LeMec

Posted by larryhoover on June 13, 2011, at 23:09:53

In reply to Zinc for Depression, posted by LeMec on June 12, 2011, at 10:31:33

> Hello,
>
> I recently read a study where researchers gave depressed patients zinc supplements in addition to their antidepressants. Link: http://goo.gl/j6xEg

The trial used 25 mg/day zinc.

> So I decided to try Zinc at 200mg a day in addition to my Wellbutrin, and the results so far have been encouraging.

At that zinc intake level, you are way above the upper safe limit. You should never exceed 40 mg/day, as you will suppress copper uptake. Above 80 mg/day, you will also suppress iron uptake. Zinc, copper, and iron ions have to be pumped out of the gut via special transporters, and your zinc intake will swamp the transport system, blocking uptake of other essential minerals from your food.

You must stop your zinc supplements for a week, and restart at 25-40 mg/day.

Lar

 

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